March 14, 2017 Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Drive, Kitchener
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a time to celebrate the places across this great country that unite and connect us in our communities.
Marwan Tabbara, Member of Parliament for Kitchener South – Hespeler, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, today announced that the City of Kitchener will receive $400,000 for improvement of the Huron Natural Area Trail System.
This project is one of over 350 Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) projects approved in southern Ontario under the program’s second intake. For more details, please see the backgrounder.
With the addition of $44.4 million in supplementary funding announced in Budget 2016, the total CIP 150 allocation for southern Ontario, being delivered by FedDev Ontario, is up to $88.8 million. Over 730 projects have been approved under both intakes.
These projects will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and community centres. They will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is ensuring residents here in Kitchener have access to improved community spaces. The Government of Canada is partnering with the City of Kitchener by contributing 50 per cent of the funding for an $800,000 investment in improvement of the Huron Natural Area Trail System. Strolling trails in this natural setting, right here in Kitchener South, is leisure time well spent.”
- Marwan Tabbara, Member of Parliament, Kitchener South - Hespeler
“The Huron Natural Area is a destination for nature lovers, families, trail walkers, photographers - and those looking to experience nature in the city. It also supports educational programming for students. We are excited to see the improvements and 1.5 kilometre expansion of the trail network that comes with this funding as it will make more of the Huron Natural Area accessible to students and the public in general.”
- Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor, City of Kitchener
- Huron Natural Area is a 107 acre site in the heart of Kitchener South with more than 7 kilometers of trails.
- FedDev Ontario received more than 1,000 applications under Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
- Over the coming weeks, local announcements for projects approved through Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario will be taking place.
- The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a $300-million national program, which is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country.
- Projects were selected based on eligibility requirements and selection criteria as outlined in the program guidelines including: project readiness; project scope; funding leveraged from other sources; and the extent to which projects supported a clean growth economy.
FedDev Ontario – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
Huron Natural Area
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Member of Parliament, Kitchener South - Hespeler
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